Buildings are going up all over the Seaport District in South Boston (all over metro Boston, actually). This area was a near wasteland for a long time. Friends and I used to go to the Institute of Contemporary Art on the waterfront and there was nothing out there, and seemingly the windswept frozen tundra in the winter. No more. Skyscrapers have dwarfed the ICA and though the wind still sweeps through it is channeled between buildings. Or parts of buildings as the spines of elevator shafts grow layers of skeleton floors around them and finally sprout skins of facades.
One flat piece of land behind the convention center, the Lawn on D, has made an attempt to add some life to the industrial growth. It has showcased some public art (see the big bunnies from a few weeks ago) and there's a food and drink tent with a DJ to attract young urbanites to socialize in.
We old urbanites visited this weekend so D could try out the swings at the Lawn on D, but there wasn't much else going on. At least not at the hour we were there, early afternoon. There was a stage on the lawn for later live music, but nothing had started up. So we walked over to the waterfront to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant before heading back home.
Between the waterfront and the Lawn on D venue, you pass through the lovely Eastport Park, another nice addition to soften the industrial landscape. On this late August day, the lush green vegetation wound around the mostly nautical themed sculptures of various sea creatures and sails.
I had a client meeting today across the river in Cambridge. The client, a pharmaceutical company, had built a beautiful "green building" (environmentally speaking) in 2003. I used to go there back when it first opened, for a freelance project back in my starvation days. Like the ICA on the South Boston waterfront, the building had been surrounded by mostly vast parking lots and a few small buildings. Now there are many other tall buildings, mostly life sciences companies, and cafes filled with young workers on their lunch breaks.